Clearview National May 2017 - Issue 186 - Page 22

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS The Wood Awards: 2017 call for entries is open » » THE WOOD AWARDS: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has launched its 2017 call for entries. Those involved in a UK-based wood project are invited to enter and have until 26th May to submit their applications. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition. The Wood Awards shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony on 21st November 2017 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September. With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building by Foster+Partners Arnold Laver Gold Award & Structural Award Winner 2016 The TWIST - Emergent Technologies and Design, Architectural Association Small Project Winner 2016 two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project. The 2017 categories will be confirmed at the shortlisting. Building categories are likely to be Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project. The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke, Production Made and Student Designer which is open to anyone currently in education or who has left education in the past 12 months. Within the Student category there are two cash prizes (£1,000 for the Winner and £500 for the People’s Choice). Other awards, such as Structural and Wood Awards ceremony 2016 Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion. The Arnold Laver Gold Award is winner of winners, chosen from the winners of all the categories. “Winning a Wood Award gives prospective customers confidence in our abilities and has helped us grow as a company. Unlike many other competitions, the Wood Awards is free to enter so there’s nothing to lose and potentially lots to gain,” Ben Naylor, Jack Badger Ltd (Judges Special Award 2014 & Bespoke Winner 2016) INVESTING IN BIM FOR COMMERCIAL CONVENIENCE » » PVCU SYSTEMS SUPPLIER THE VEKA UK Group has demonstrated its commitment to the commercial sector once again. The Burnley-based company has invested a significant amount in creating highly intelligent, data rich, parametric, three dimensional models of its most popular systems for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector in order to benefit architects, specifiers, engineers, designers and developers. These new models are hosted on bimobject. com, arguably the World’s best known content platform of this kind. This makes them easily accessible to all, along with the relevant, up- to-date technical spec information, meaning that a commercial user can drop these products into designs and plans quickly and simply. The VEKA UK Group’s Head of Commercial Richard Garland explains: “The VEKA UK Group has always invested heavily in research, development and testing so that our high quality systems meet all the relevant specification requirements you would expect 22 » M AY 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M from a World-leading brand. This makes our products absolutely ideal for commercial applications. “We’ve now made it even easier for our commercial clients to drop the appropriate products into their designs, by investing in BIM content for VEKA’s M70 profile system, and Halo’s System 10 - both 62mm and 70mm variants. “From a manufacturer’s point of view, these models and associated data are BIM Level 2 compliant and meet the requirements set out in PAS 1192-2:2013. “These 3D objects are intelligent pieces of data that maintain their proportions when resized for various project plans and can help streamline information sharing and informed decision making when it comes to the final specification process. The information-rich models improve the quality of information provided at the design and construction phases to save costs by eliminating waste. “The VEKA UK Group has always been committed to investing in plant, people and technology in order to support our customers, and this is the latest in a long line of investments in our commercial offering. We are one of the founding members of the BIM4M2 which forms part of the UK Government’s BIM Task Group and our staff have the relevant training carried out in conjunction with the BRE. We are also proud to support architects, engineers, designers and developers with a host of services.” The new BIM models can be viewed and downloaded from veka and